Heading into the 2019-20 NBA season, the biggest story is likely going to be how the new-look Los Angeles Lakers perform. After a disappointing first season for LeBron James in L.A., the team spent the offseason orchestrating a deal they had tried to get done during the actual season: trading many of their young players in exchange for Pelicans star Anthony Davis.
Davis isn't just going to be a complement to James on this Lakers team. He is a superstar player in his own right, possibly the best teammate LeBron has had since Dwyane Wade back in Miami. A former first overall pick, Anthony Davis has blossomed into the star many thought he would be back when he was playing college ball at Kentucky.
A star of his caliber also makes quite a bit of money. Davis has made tens of millions of dollars and figures to make plenty more. Entering his eighth season in the league, how much is the Laker star worth?
Anthony Davis' Net Worth
Anthony Davis has been estimated to be worth as much as $30 million by Celebrity Net Worth. And as he has only played seven full seasons in the NBA as of this writing, expect that figure to grow quickly. He still has some years left on his current max contract, and is sure to get another mammoth deal after that. Davis will soon have made over $100 million in cash earnings from his NBA contracts.
Anthony Davis' Career
The ascent of Anthony Davis has been seen as an inevitability since his high school days, when he was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the country. With several impressive colleges trying to sway him into joining their program, Davis settled on the University of Kentucky to join the Wildcats team for the 2011-12 college season.
Anthony Davis' lone season with Kentucky was one to remember, an absolutely stacked college team that saw its entire starting five and its sixth man get drafted after the season. Davis led the team in points, steals and blocks per game, with an incredible 4.7 blocks per game. Including the NCAA tournament, Davis blocked 186 shots for Kentucky that year, and his scoring high was 28 points in a win against Vanderbilt.
Kentucky cruised to the NCAA tournament with Davis, making quick work of their opponents marching to the Final Four. Facing Louisville, Davis led the team with 18 points and contributed 14 rebounds to send them to the finals and face Kansas. Davis scored just 6 points in the game, but was an absolute monster on defense thanks to his six blocks, three steals and 16 rebounds (12 on defense). The team cruised to victory.
For his work that season, Davis won National Player of the Year, SEC Player of the Year and National Defensive Player of the Year, among others. After the National Championship, Davis - as well as the rest of Kentucky's starters - declared for the NBA draft.
Anthony Davis and the Pelicans
Leading up to the NBA draft in 2012, Davis's first overall selection was a matter of when, not if. And in June, New Orleans (then the Hornets) made it official by selecting Davis with the No. 1 pick. His Kentucky teammate, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, was drafted second. A month later, Davis signed his rookie contract.
Davis's rookie season showed promise, but was also marred by injury as he appeared in just 64 games. In his first game, he scored 21 points against San Antonio. In his sixth, he achieved his season-high with 28 points in a loss to Milwaukee. Averaging 1.8 blocks and 8.2 total rebounds per game, Davis also showed the potential to become an elite defender. Ultimately, he averaged 13.5 points per game and came in second for Rookie of the Year voting. The Hornets, though, won just 27 games in the year.
Davis also suffered through some injuries in his next year, appearing in 67 games. But on the court Davis took a clear step forward in his play. He scored at least 20 points in each of his first three games, had at least three blocks in the first six games and over 36 minutes played in the first seven games. Playing against the Lakers in his sixth game of the year, Davis got his first 30-point game in the NBA, scoring 32 in a win over Los Angeles. Months later, in a win against the Celtics, Davis had his first-ever 40-point performance to go along with a whopping 21 rebounds.
Defensively, Davis averaged seven defensive rebounds (along with 10 total) per game, and led the league in blocks. overall, Anthony Davis's sophomore year was phenomenal, as he increased his scoring and averaged 20.8 points per game. He made his first NBA All-Star Game, and the first of six consecutive trips there. Still, the team as a whole (now named the New Orleans Pelicans) struggled and won only 34 games, once again on the outside looking in come playoff time.
But an improved year in 2014-15 for both Davis and the Pelicans saw a change. The season opened with an outstanding performance from Davis thanks to 26 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks in a win against the Magic. Nearly a month later, in a win against the Jazz, he established a new high with 43 points scored, a figure he would tie later in the season against the Bucks. For the second consecutive year, Davis led the league in blocks per game with 2.9, and upped his rebounds to 10.2 per game. His scoring increased to 24.4 per game. Davis made yet another All-Star Game, made his first All-NBA First Team and finished fifth in MVP voting.
He also helped lead his team to the playoffs, sneaking in as the eighth seed in the Western Conference after 45 wins in the regular season. The playoffs would lead to disappointment for Pelicans fans as they were handily swept by Stephen Curry and the eventual champion Warriors, but Davis impressed with some gaudy stats in all four games. Game one saw him score 35 points with four blocks and seven rebounds, while in game two he scored 28 points with 11 total rebounds. Down 3-0 to Golden State, Davis put up 36 points, three blocks and 11 rebounds, but the team lost and was eliminated.
Still, Davis had become the superstar he was expected to become, putting up big numbers and leading his team to the playoffs. And so that offseason, the Pelicans signed Davis to a massive extension that was reported as five years, $145 million, at the time the largest contract in NBA history. He continued to put up outstanding numbers in the 2015-16 season; in November he matched his career-high of 43 points against the Hawks. That career-high, though, got obliterated months later. On Feb. 21, 2016, the Pelicans were in Detroit to play the Pistons. Anthony Davis scored 59 points, along with 20 rebounds. He was on the court for nearly 43 minutes and 30 seconds.
Davis continued to put up big numbers (including putting up 40 points in a loss to Charlotte in March), but leg injuries took their toll on him, and Davis missed the team's last 14 games. They went 5-9 without him, and only won 30 games on the year.
But Davis came back exceptionally strong the next season, putting up 50 points with four blocks and 15 rebounds in the season opener. Two nights later in their second game, he scored 45 points. The Pelicans, though, lost both these games, and would lose their first eight games of the season. Despite occasional 4-game winning streaks, the team never fully recovered and missed out on the playoffs once again.
However, Davis still had a great year, establishing a new high with 28 points per game and 11.8 rebounds per game. He scored 40 or more points in eight games this season and avoided a sustained streak of missed games due to injury for the first time in his career, appearing in 75 games. For the second time, he made the All-NBA First Team. In addition, the NBA All-Star Game was hosted by New Orleans in the 2016-17 season, with Davis selected for the fourth straight season. Playing on his home court, Davis demolished the record for points scored in an All-Star Game with 52 points, giving the home crowd something to cheer for.
2017-18 may have been Davis's finest year yet, and the Pelicans improved drastically as well. For the third time in his career, Davis led the league in blocks per game, upped his scoring to 28.1 points per game and averaged over two 3-pointers a game for the first time in his career. The highlight of the regular season came in February against the Suns when Davis scored a season-high 53 points along with five blocks and 18 rebounds. Davis once again played 75 games, made another All-Star Game and All-NBA First Team.
Davis also came in third place for MVP voting this year, as a much-improved season all around led to the Pelicans winning 48 games and entering the playoffs as the sixth seed in the West. Davis once again had a stellar first round of the playoffs, and this time it was the Pelicans completing a sweep. New Orleans defeated the Trail Blazers with ease, as Davis scored 47 points in game four to send Portland home. In the second round, however, they faced the Warriors and again were unable to pull through. Though they won game three of the series after Davis' 33 point performance, the Pelicans were eliminated in five games.
Anthony Davis put up good numbers in the 2018-19 season when he played, and made his sixth straight All-Star Game. But there was unrest between Davis and New Orleans, and midway through the season Davis requested a trade and said he would not re-sign with the Pelicans once his contract expired.
Anthony Davis and the Lakers
There had been reports of a trade with the Lakers nearly happening at the trade deadline in 2019, but nothing came to fruition. In the offseason, however, a trade was finalized. New Orleans received Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram, as well as three first-round draft picks, including L.A.'s No. 4 lottery pick in the 2019 draft (which New Orleans later traded to Atlanta). The Lakers received Davis, the star teammate LeBron had been looking for.
Anthony Davis' Contract: How Much Does He Make?
According to Spotrac, the 2019-20 season will be the penultimate one on Davis' 2015 contract extension. He is set to make nearly $27.1 million in cash earnings this season, and $28.75 million next season if he picks up his 2020 player option. This would put his career cash earnings at about $150.37 million.
After that, though, Davis will be a free agent again, and there's a good chance that Davis will decline that option and pursue free agency in 2020 instead. He'll be just 27 years old if he continues to play the way he did when he was in New Orleans (that is to say as one of the elite players in the NBA,) he's likely to get a max, possibly even record-breaking deal from a team.
Anthony Davis' Endorsements
Like so many of the biggest names in basketball, Anthony Davis makes millions in endorsements. Forbes claims he made $9 million in endorsements alone last year.
And like so many elite basketball stars, one of the brands that Davis has an endorsement deal with is Nike (NKE - Get Report) . Nike signed Davis at the start of his NBA career, and prior to the start of the 2017 season they re-signed the superstar. They're far from the only company that wants Davis attached, though. Around the time the trade to Los Angeles broke, it was also announced that Davis would be signing an endorsement deal with Ruffles.
During his Pelicans tenure, Davis also signed a deal with Saks Fifth Avenue to collaborate on a fashion collection.
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